Instructor Certification Now Easier than Ever - National Safety Council

Instructor Certification Now Easier than Ever

The National Safety Council has made it easy to become a Certified Defensive Driving Course Instructor with our eLearning Instructor Certification Program. Learn more.

Instructor Certification Training delivers high-quality instruction in an interactive, web-based environment. Learn the core knowledge about NSC Defensive Driving Courses, proven-effective facilitation techniques and the required training skills to deliver a successful driver safety program. With our eLearning Instructor Certification Program, you can:

  • Schedule training at your convenience
  • Eliminate travel planning and expenses
  • Experience less time away from work

Watch a brief video to learn more about NSC Instructor Certification, or request more information.

To become a certified Defensive Driving Course Instructor through our eLearning Program, NSC recommends candidates first attend the course they wish to teach. They also must successfully complete the following Certification Course sessions:

  • DDC Foundation: Introduces defensive driving principles, reviews standards and regulations and discusses course-specific terminology
  • DDC Facilitation: Reviews the instructor's role, responsibility and proper classroom management
  • Choice Theory: Candidate instructor must read Choice Theory by William Glasser, MD, and pass a test before proceeding to the final module
  • Course-Specified Training: Covers the curriculum for the course you plan to teach

*Choice Theory Session (Unit 3) of the Instructor Certification Course is required for all new Defensive Driving Course Instructors, excluding Professional Truck Driver.

Click here to view content outline and timing for each session.

IMPORTANT: State regulators in New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Connecticut mandate that NSC customize its driver safety training so drivers that complete our program in those states can take advantage of the state's driver benefits (insurance discounts, ticket dismissal, point reduction). In order to teach an NSC Defensive Driving Course in these states, additional NSC training beyond the eLearning Instructor Development Course is required. Contact NSC at (800) 432-5251 to learn more.

Easy as 1-2-3 to Get Started

  1. Contact us at (800) 621-7619 to register for the Instructor Certification Course and order your Instructor Resource Kit*
  2. Simply sign in and complete your Instructor Certification Course**
  3. Start Teaching!

*Payment for Instructor Course and Instructor Resource Kit is required prior to beginning the certification program.
**Your Instructor credential is included when you complete the Certification Course. Instructor recertification is billed annually after that.